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Olympic legend Mary Lou Retton ‘fighting for her life’ in intensive care with pneumonia, daughter says


American gymnastics legend Mary Lou Retton is currently in intensive care battling a “very rare form of pneumonia”, her daughter said on social media.

On Tuesday, Olympic gold medalist’s daughter McKenna Kelley asked for prayers and donations for her ailing mother on her Instagram Story.

Mary Lou Retton of the United States performs her balance beam routine during the women’s individual final at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.


“Hey everyone! On behalf of my sisters and I, we need your help,” Kelley wrote. “My amazing mom, Mary Lou, is suffering from a very rare form of pneumonia and is fighting for her life. She is not able to breathe on her own. She has been in intensive care for over a week now. “

Kelley revealed that her mother was uninsured.

“Out of respect for her and her privacy, I will not disclose all the details. However, I will disclose that she is uninsured,” she continued. “We are asking if you could help us in any way, 1) you PRAY! and 2) if you could help us with the finances of the hospital bill.”

Kelley started a fundraiser, she said, to help pay for medical costs because she said her mother is currently not able to breathe on her own.

“ANYTHING, absolutely anything, would be very helpful to my family and my mother. Thank you very much!” she added.

In 1984, Retton became the first American woman to win the individual all-around gold medal at the Olympics. The 55-year-old retired in 1986 and since then she has focused on her health, fitness and raising her four daughters.


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